World's Most Popular NLP Trainers and Practitioners
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Tony (Anthony) Robbins (born 29 February 1960, []) is an American motivational speaker and writer.
Robbins is the inventor and proponent of what he refers to as neuroassociative conditioning, which is based on Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Robbins studied NLP under NLP co-founder John Grinder, who encouraged him to look into the firewalk experience which became the foundation of his popular firewalk seminars.
Robbins has authored a number of best-selling books, including Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within. (NOTE: One early pioneer of NLP claims that Unlimited Power was ghostwritten for Robbins.) His best known tape program is known as Personal Power II; other programs include Get the Edge! and Lessons in Mastery.
He also conducts a number of seminars, most famously his four-day Unleash the Power Within, during which the participants walk over hot coals on bare feet by employing the psychological techniques Robbins promotes. The aim of the seminar, demonstrated in the firewalk, is to illustrate that the main quality shared by those who achieve greatness is the ability to act ('Personal Power'). Robbins asserts that fear often holds people back from achieving what they desire with their life. To walk safely on burning coals requires few physical skills, but it does require the mental discipline to overcome one's inner doubts. Applying that same principle to other aspects of life can empower the individual to attempt tasks he or she would previously (erroneously) have considered impossible.
Robbins also promotes a vegetarian lifestyle and endorses the views of Dr. Robert Young and Natural Hygiene practices regarding the need for an alkaline diet.
Supporters argue that Tony Robbins' books, tapes and seminars have given hope to thousands of people and there are many testimonials to the changes brought about by applying the methods he expounds. Robbins has coached world leaders, including several US Presidents, as
well as Mikhail Gorbachev, Princess Diana and others.
Dr Richard Bandler
Richard Bandler (full-name: Richard Wayne Bandler) (born February 24, 1950) is the co-inventor (with John Grinder) of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Bandler holds a BA (1973) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)[]and an MA (1975) in Psychology from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco []. Bandler has no earned doctorate. There are various (unsubstantiated) reports (on alt.psychology.nlp) that Bandler has been awarded two honorary doctorates though the details of these awards are not specified. Bandler has claimed in at least one seminar that he submitted a dissertation to, and was awarded a doctorate from the University of San Francisco []. There is no record of a Richard Wayne Bandler having submitted a dissertation at USF on the ProQuest/UMI dissertation and theses index.[]
Bandler met John Grinder when he was a student at UCSC. Bandler (and John Grinder) met Gregory Bateson when they moved to a small community on Alba Road in the Santa Cruz mountains. Bateson was to have a profound influence on the development of NLP by supplying the intellectual foundations and by introducing the pair to Milton Erickson. Bandler's behaviour at the community soon made him unpopular with his neighbours, so much so that some wanted him removed from the community. Bandler was reported to have been anti-social and to be using large quantities of Cocaine whilst living at the Alba Road community. []
In 1974 Bandler and Grinder collaborated to produce models of the language patterns used by Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, and later Milton Erickson. Their results were published in The Structure of Magic Volume I (1975), The Structure of Magic Volume II (1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume I (1975), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson Volume II (1977) and Changing With Families (1976).
In 1980 Bandler's company Not Ltd had reported earnings of more than US$800,000 and he and his then wife -- Leslie Cameron-Bandler -- were living an opulent lifestyle. By the end of 1980 Bandler's collaboration with Grinder -- where they lectured, trained and co-authored -- abruptly ended and his wife filed for divorce (after two years of marriage). Leslie Cameron-Bandler was later to report that Bandler was emotionally and physically abusive.[] In 1983, Not Ltd declared bankruptcy.[]
Bandler's heavy use of cocaine and alcohol continued through to 1986 when he was implicated in the murder of prostitute Corine Christensen and tried for her murder. Bandler's trial ran for three months where he was represented by M. Gerald Schwartzbach []. Schwartzbach secured an acquittal for Bandler.
In July of 1996 Bandler filed suit against John Grinder and again in January 1997 against Grinder and numerous prominent members of the NLP community including, Carmen Bostic-St. Clair, Steve Andreas and Connirae Andreas. Bandler claimed trademark infringement, intellectual property ownership of NLP, conspiratorial tortious interference and breach of settlement agreement and permanent injunction by Grinder.[][][
In addition to claiming (retrospective) sole ownership of NLP, Bandler claimed "damages against each such defendant in an amount to be proven at trial, but in no event less than [US]$10,000,000.00". The list of defendants included 200 "Does", i.e. empty names to be specified later. []
On February 2000 the Superior Court found against Bandler stating that "Bandler has misrepresented to the public, through his licensing agreement and promotional materials, that he is the exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights associated with NLP, and maintains the exclusive authority to determine membership in and certification in the Society of NLP." []
Contemporaneous with Bandler's suits in the US Superior Court, Tony Clarkson (of Clarkson Knitting Limited) sought the revocation of Bandler's UK registered trademark "NLP" in the UK High Court. The UK High Court found in favor of Clarkson Knitting Limited and on 11 July 2000 Bandler was made bankrupt.[]
By the end of 2000 some sort of rapprochement between Bandler and Grinder was achieved when the parties entered a release wherein they inter alia agreed that "they are the co-creators and co-founders of the technology of Neurolinguistic- Programming. Drs. Grinder and Bandler recognize the efforts and contributions of each other in the creation and initial development of NLP." In the same document, "Dr. John Grinder and Dr. Richard Bandler mutually agree to refrain from disparaging each other's efforts, in any fashion, concerning their respective involvement in the field of NeuroLinguistic Programming." ("Release" reproduced as Appendix A of Whispering in the Wind by Grinder and Bostic St Clair (2001).
Bandler continues to lecture, consult and write books on NLP. Post-1980 much of Bandler's work revolved around the NLP concept of submodalities, i.e. "the particular perceptual qualities that may be registered by each of the five primary sensory modalities" []. Bandler independently developed Neuro-Sonics, Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning, Persuasion Engineering and Design Human Engineering. The value of Bandler's independent (and trademarked) creations is a matter of some controversy amongst NLP students and practitioners (see[] and alt.psychology.nlp).
Bandler's fans variously describe his seminars as "wonderful", "thrilling", "compelling", "on fire", "exciting", "challenging", "fun" and they are characterised as making sophisticated use of metaphor, story-telling and such NLP devices as "nested loops", "anchoring" and "unconscious installation" []. To his detractors his seminars are rambling, self-aggrandising, narcissistic and fantastic (alt.psychology.nlp). Similarly, many NLP proponents regard Bandler a "genius" and great healer. His critics -- many of which are to be found on alt.psychology.nlp -- consider him a charlatan with a cult-like following.
Bandler currently teaches classes with co-trainer John La Valle and with stage hypnotist Paul McKenna and Michael Breen.
On the 27th February 2004 Paula Bandler -- Bandler's second wife -- died in Orlando, Florida..
Robert Dilts (born 1955) has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler.
Dilts has made many personal contributions to the field of NLP.
John Grinder graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in psychology in the early 1960's. Grinder then entered the Military of the United States where he served as a Captain in the US Special Forces in Europe during the Cold War; following this he apparently went on to work for a US Intelligence Agency. In the late 1960's, Grinder went back to college to study Linguistics, eventually receiving a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. After this Grinder studied with George A. Miller and at Rockefeller University. 
Following this, Grinder was selected as an assistant professor of linguistics at the newly founded University of California campus at Santa Cruz. During his academic career, Grinder focused on Noam Chomsky's theories of transformational grammar and worked on the area of syntax. His works in the area of linguistics include Guide to Transformational Grammar (co-authored with Suzette Elgin, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1973) and On Deletion Phenomena in English (Mouton & Co., 1972) and numerous articles. 
While at Santa Cruz, Grinder was requested by Richard Bandler, who was then a undergraduate psychology student, to model how Bandler did Gestalt therapy. Bandler had spent a lot of time transcribing Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt therapy) and Bandler had implicitly learned Gestalt therapy. Starting with Fritz Perls, followed by leading figure in family therapy Virginia Satir, and later the leading figure in hypnosis in psychiatry Milton Erickson, Grinder and Bandler continued to model the various cognitive behavioral patterns of these therapists, which they published in their books The Structure of Magic Volumes I & II (1975, 1976), Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volumes I & II (1975, 1977) and Changing With Families (1976). These books and the modeling methologies used became the foundation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Bandler and Grinder began hosting seminars and practise groups. These served as a place for Bandler and Grinder to practice and test their newly discovered patterns while allowing them to transfer the skills to the participants. Several books were published based on transcripts of their seminars. During this period, a very creative group of students and psychotherapists formed around Grinder and Bandler, who made valuable contributions to NLP, including Robert Dilts, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Judith DeLozier, Stephen Gilligan, David Gordon.
In the 1980s Bandler, Grinder and their group of associates encountered difficulty and stopped working together. Many members of their group went out on their own and took NLP in their own directions. Some of Bandler and Grinder's books went out of print for a while due to legal problems between the co-authors. Structure I & II, and Patterns I & II considered the foundation of the field were later republished. Bandler even attempted to claim ownership of the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), however it was found to be generic and could not be trademarked. Grinder and Bandler settled their claims clearing a platform for the future development of NLP as a legitimate field of endeavour. [see appendix of Whispering in the Wind]
Strongly influenced by his mentor's (anthropologist Gregory Bateson) concern with the lack of ecology and lack of explicit involvement of the unconscious mind in the original 'classic NLP' coding, Grinder subsquently began developing the 'new code of NLP'. Grinder collaborated with Judith DeLozier presenting a series of seminars including 'Turtles All the Way Down; Prerequisites to Personal Genius' which was transcribed and published in 1986.
John Grinder later founded Quantum Leap Inc. together with Carmen Bostic St Clair. They work together as cultural change consultants in large organizations, and present some public seminars on NLP. In 2001, they published 'Whispering in the Wind' in an attempt to correct the flaws in the original coding of NLP. In this book Grinder and Bostic St Clair provide an explicit description of the context of discovery, epistemology of NLP, and a framework for further research. Grinder strongly encourages the field to make a recommitment to what is the core activity of NLP, modeling.  Grinder has only trained in the United States twice over the last five years, and maintains that the quality of NLP training in the USA is of low quality.